Game name (and type): 'French Tiggy', 'Hospital Tiggy' (chasing game)
Alternative types: running games

Handwritten description of the chasing game 'French Tiggy', also known as 'Hospital Tiggy' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Margaret Roper, an eleven year old student at East Camberwell Girls Secondary School, in 1954-1955. Roper describes 'French Tiggy' as a game which is played by girls and boys aged between seven and twelve years. She writes that 'French Tiggy' is played both indoors and outdoors all year round. Roper provides two annotated, hand drawn diagrams illustrating the game's progression. She lists other players of 'French Tiggy' including Helen, Denise, Elizabeth and Elliott.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's game written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr. Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr. Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Handwritten game description in black ink on paper. Features a letterhead printed in black ink and an annotated, hand drawn diagram in black ink.

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